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Gratitude | Calvin Earl

by Calvin Earl

Gratitude by Calvin Earl is collection of African American Spirituals As A National Treasure. This CD also includes in the accompanying booklet the historic 2007 Twin Resolutions H.RES 120 and S. RES 69 language recognizing the African American Spiritual as as National Treasure and honoring the enslaved Africans for their contributions to our nation with our deepest gratitude and respect. As the US spokesman for the African American Spirituals as a National Treasure his love for the Spirituals and his passion to guarantee their preservation grows stronger every day. Singing background vocals on the CD with Calvin Earl is Katreese Barnes. She was the first African American female music director of SNL and she is background vocalist for a multitude of artists including Sting, Alicia Keys, Roberta Flack, Patti LaBelle and many others.
Genre: Spiritual: Spirituals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Come by Here Lord
3:28 $1.29
2. I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
3:57 $1.29
3. Steal Away
4:37 $1.29
4. Wade in the Water
2:43 $1.29
5. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
4:40 $1.29
6. Go Tell It on the Mountain
2:56 $1.29
7. Do Lord Remember Me
4:02 $1.29
8. Deep River
4:00 $1.29
9. Down by the Riverside
2:53 $1.29
10. Rock a My Soul
3:02 $1.29
11. Free at Last
3:02 $1.29
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Album Notes
In 2006, the US Senate awarded Calvin a Certificate of Appreciation for his Distinctive Service to our Nation, and in 2008 President George W. Bush presented him with a Presidential Proclamation “celebrating the extraordinary talents and creativity of African-American singers, musicians and composers whose achievements have enriched our culture and enhanced our lives.”

Calvin believes the African American spirituals in the 21st century are dependent upon all of us to keep their original intention and sound alive. The deep roots of our American oral history & original music invite you to connect with others to honor the gifts from our ancestors by sharing Our Stories, Our History and Our Music with the world. By sharing this rich vibrant music & the oral history of our American roots we can and will overcome the obstacles that for years have kept this information underground.

For African Americans, after slavery ended our beloved slave brothers and sisters wanted to forget everything that reminded them of slavery and that included their spirituals. We all can understand why. But the spirituals had helped them navigate their way to freedom. So by giving up the spirituals they had created during slavery to find inner peace, hope, strength, safety, courage and that eternal connection to the power that created us all, the now freed slaves had given up the one thing that had helped them on their journey all those years before. For themselves and every generation afterwards left them venerable to succumb to those continuing loud external voices that would have us believe if we are a descendant of the people who were labeled slaves that we somehow aren’t good enough, we aren’t smart enough, and we are less than perfect. The Supreme Court cited Dr. Kenneth Clark’s 1950 paper “To separate [African-American children] from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone.” in the landmark decision Brown VS. Board of Education.

The truth is, we are all people in spite of any label we have been given. It is how we perceive ourselves that is the measure of a man. It should be deeply concerning to us as American citizens within our diverse nation that the original intention & sound of the spirituals will be lost forever, just like the 6000+ fragments of these songs housed in the Library of Congress that will never be heard in their entirety if we don’t join together and tell our inclusive and collective story. As a wonderfully diverse country, ‘We The People’ truly believe in Thomas Jefferson’s words: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Join Calvin in cerebrating Our Stories, Our History and Our Music together.

Also join Calvin Earl’s social community, to share the gifts of your ancestors with all of us, and tell us the stories about the spirituals your grandmother use to sing to you. Stop by Calvin’s website www.calvinearl.com and share your stories, he’d love to hear from you! Watch his video’s or read his blog as he reveals his journey and what it took to secure the spirituals as an American National Treasure in 2007 and other stories he has discovered along the way. You can also join him on instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.



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